Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A passing down or descent through successive stages of time or a process.
  • n. Transference, as of rights or qualities, to a successor.
  • n. Delegation of authority or duties to a subordinate or substitute.
  • n. A transfer of powers from a central government to local units.
  • n. Biology Degeneration.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A rolling down.
  • n. A descent, especially one that passes through a series of revolutions, or by succession
  • n. The transference of a right to a successor, or of a power from one body to another.
  • n. Degeneration (as opposed to evolution).
  • n. The transfer of some powers, and the delegation of some functions, from a central sovereign government to local government; eg. from Westminster to Scottish parliament and Welsh assembly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of rolling down.
  • n. Transference from one person to another; a passing or devolving upon a successor.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of rolling down.
  • n. The act of devolving, transferring, or handing over; transmission from one person to another; a passing or falling to a successor, as of office, authority, or real estate.
  • n. In Scots law: The reference made by two or more arbiters who differ in opinion to an oversman or umpire to determine the difference.
  • n. The falling of a purchase made under articles of roup to the next highest offerer, on the failure of the highest bidder to find caution for payment of the price within the time limited by the articles.
  • n. The opposite of evolution; degeneration.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the delegation of authority (especially from a central to a regional government)
  • n. the process of declining from a higher to a lower level of effective power or vitality or essential quality

Etymologies

Late Latin dēvolūtiō, dēvolūtiōn-, from Latin dēvolūtus, past participle of dēvolvere, to roll down, fall to; see devolve.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • GeorgeBurnsWasRight: Wouldn't the term devolution be more appropriate than evolution to

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  • This last option is known as "devolution plus" or, at its most ambitious, "devolution max".

    Scottish devolution: what questions will future referendum ask voters?

  • The creation of this new "21st Century devolution" is as good as a time as any to ask for the real opinion of the Scottish people.

    Calman- "imaginative" and "bold"?

  • Obviously now devolution is even more deeply entrenched with the situation in Scotland and Wales.

    Twelve months on....

  • Brown has made some pretty dumb decisions: pressing for devolution is one of them.

    Glasgow East: The Gibbett From Which To Hang McStalin?

  • The whole point of devolution is to stand up for the people of Wales and not bow down to the first challenge from a group of MPs more interested in their cosy London jobs, than the needs of this nation.

    Too Blue

  • The Roberts Report, which commits the Tories to yet another full-scale review of devolution, is personally humiliating for Nick Bourne who has spent the last decade trying to convince us all that the Tories really have changed.

    Blood on their hands

  • The only thing, did you notice as I did that the promoted few, Wayne and Chris, Mark and Ian tend to share the same vision as far as devolution is concerned as the Secretary of State Paul Murphy and his bosom friend, the former Under-Secretary of State Don Touhig?

    Hain's letter

  • As Gordon Brown himself said full devolution is the way to deliver better services, tailored to the needs of all communities.

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  • Yes, a few in your party, most notably David Melding and Lord Griffiths of Fforestfach, tried to construct a new tradition that celebrates devolution from the Union.

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